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Business & Finance

Find a collection of online resources for business, finance, and investment resources here. Use most resources inside the library or from home with your Niles-Maine District Library card.

Name Description Use At Home?
Check Illinois

Find Illinois home sale, business license, foreclosure, and bankruptcy records. Perform background checks.

Yes
Chicago Consumers' Checkbook Online

Looking for a good doctor or contractor? Find help in locating local service providers along with user ratings.

Yes
Consumer Reportsconsumer-reports

Product reviews and ratings.

Yes
Crain’s Business Chicagocrains

Business news and analysis.

Yes
Financial Ratings Series/Medicare Database

Medicare Supplement Insurance Buyers’ Guide, financial ratings for banks and credit unions, planning tools for investors, and financial literacy basics.

Yes
Gale Courses

In-depth, instructor-led, six-week courses for all topics.

Yes
Gale Directory Library

Reference eBook collection.

Yes
Gale Legal Forms

Downloadable and fillable Illinois legal forms and law dictionary.

Yes
Lynda.com

Video based courses for business, technology, and creative skills.

Yes
Mergent Intellect

Contains business directory, residential listings, demographic data, as well as industry reports and company profiles for international public and private businesses.  

Yes
Morningstar Investment Research Center

Stock and mutual fund information with classes for beginning and advanced users.

Yes
Public Records Online

Find Illinois home sale, business license, foreclosure, and bankruptcy records. Perform background checks.

Yes
ReferenceUSA

Business directory, residential listings, demographic data, health care listings. Records can be downloaded for mailing/contact lists. 

Yes
Value Line Research Center

Stocks and mutual funds news and analysis, financial planning tools, investment strategies, and industry reports.

Yes

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